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ABOUT

KIGATA BANKO 

TEA IN THE REALM OF TRANQUILITY

JAPANESE ARTIST HARUKA MATSUO IS THE ONLY PERSON IN THE NETHERLANDS WHO KNOWS THE TRADITIONAL KIGATA BANKO TECHNIQUE. AN AGE-OLD KNOWLEDGE THAT SHE LIKES TO SHARE DURING HER WORKSHOPS AND CONNECTING TEA CEREMONIES.

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When Haruka was eighteen she and her father visited Seigetsu Iriyama (1922 - 2001). The official Japanese traditional craftsman was the 8th generation successor of Kigata Banko Yaki. At the time, Kigata Banko Yaki was a secret skill known only to a few local craftsmen. Haruka: 'I watched Seigetsu Iriyama while he was making his work. He was in his own world and yet so connected to everyday life. I was deeply impressed. Almost immediately I felt an urge to learn this technique.
As half a year before her second visit Iriyama's workshop had caught fire and most of the precious wooden moulds had been burnt, Seigetsu Iriyama indeed decided to take Haruka on as his apprentice to pass on his knowledge and skills to her. At the same time she went to Kyoto City University of Arts and there too put Kigata Banko on the map (her graduation paper was called Conservation of Japanese Traditional Technique "Kigata Banko Yaki"). Later, Haruka inherited the wooden moulds, some of which are a hundred and twenty years old.
 

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